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Wei Dai and Hyunho Choi, graduate students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, were each awarded scholarships from the Houston Section of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) to study tribology.

Dai has been conducting fundamental investigation in tribofilms and Choi has focused on physical principles of liquid-solid interfaces. Their research would benefit energy savings in mechanical systems such as engines and turbines and the protection in the surface of material systems.

Beside research, both students have been actively involved as leaders in the Texas A&M Student Chapter of STLE-Houston and organize monthly webinars. They are currently putting symposiums together for the STLE annual meeting to be held in May on the topics of tribology and manufacturing. At the annual conference, they will present research and also chair technical sessions.